Althea Bilodeau

A third generation fiber artist, Althea Bilodeau expresses her love of fashion through traditional felt making and distinctive surface design.  Each one-of-a-kind item is created from the finest quality wool, silk and exotic natural fibers. Hand dyeing her raw materials, she creates unique non-woven fabric using her own variation of an ancient wet felting technique. From classic outerwear to dramatic scarves, shawls and bags, each of Althea’s pieces is carefully designed and handcrafted in her Vermont studio.

Althea is the sixth of seven children raised on a self-sufficient farm in Upstate New York. Her mother, Gloria Scannell, is a well-known spinner and weaver. Surrounded by fresh fleeces from her mother’s champion fiber sheep and boiling dye pots filled with black walnut shells and onion skins, Althea’s natural draw to color and fabric was nurtured. As a young student of sewing and weaving she pursued her interest in fashion through studies in costume design, construction, and modeling.

During Fashion Week 2010 designer Chris Benz featured Althea’s hand-dyed silk charmeuse fabrics in three dresses in his Fall Collection. In Fall 2011he incorporated her felt into one of his silk blouses, and went on to feature her work in his Resort 2012 collection with a jacket and coat made exclusively of Althea’s felt. The jacket was displayed on the Chris Benz rack at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Background and Training
– Studied textile/garment construction, and costume design at State University of New York at Albany.
– Student of many national and international feltmaking instructors since 2003.

Co-President of the Northeast Feltmakers Guild – 2011- present.